Dog named Trigger accidentally shoots owner

AN Indiana woman is recovering after accidentally being shot by her dog - named Trigger.

A chocolate Labrador similar to this one named Trigger shot its owner in the foot. Picture: Wiki Commons

Allie Carter, 25, was taking part in a waterfowl hunt at the Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area, around 140 miles north of state capital Indianapolis, when she laid her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground without applying the safety mechanism.

And the 11-year-old chocolate Labrador Trigger stepped on the shotgun, causing it to fire and shoot Ms Carter in the foot at point-blank range.

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Ms Carter suffered injuries to one foot caused by bird shot pellets, and was treated at two hospitals before being discharged.

The Avilla resident had not complete a hunter education course but did carry an apprentice hunting licence.

Indiana state law dictates that anyone born after 31 December 1986 must take a certified hunter education course prior to purchasing a hunting licence.

State Conservation Officer Jonathon Boyd said: “We encourage everyone to take a hunter education course before they venture out in the field.”

Chocolate Labradors regularly top lists of the clumsiest dog breeds.